Check out the latest books at Jervis Library

The Jervis Public Library, 613 N. Washington St., Rome, is open to the public. Mandatory face masks and social distancing.

Library hours are 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

The library has 110,000 books; nearly 20,000 e-books and audiobooks through OverDrive’s Libby app (; 4,500 DVDs; 6,000 books on CD; nearly 200 magazines and newspapers; and 155 digital magazines.

Borrow unique items including rackets, karaoke machine and CDs, DVD player, VCR and Kill-a-Watt meter. The library also offers meeting rooms and a licensed notary public – call ahead for availability. Access it all with a free library card. To get your library card, bring ID with your current address.

Call 315-336-4570, email, or go online to or for more information.


* registration required

Monday, March 14, free adult and children’s craft kits available; 10:00 a.m., Project Hope/ Neighborhood Center Table; 4 p.m., in-person teen event: Maker Monday; 5:30 p.m., Creation of children’s books All About Me

Tuesday, March 15, 5 p.m., Unplug & Play game night

Wednesday, March 16, 10:30 a.m. Story Time with Project Hope; 3:30 p.m., in-person teen event: Ukulele Club*; 4 p.m., Children’s Financial Education Program*; 4:30 p.m. Virtual Teen Event: Science

Thursday, March 17, 6:30 p.m., evening story time with Ms. Emily

Did you know?

March 14 is Pi Day. Although many people accept 3.14 as a “close enough” estimate of the mathematical constant, pi has been calculated to be 62.8 trillion digits. Researchers at Fachhochschule Graubünden, a Swiss university, used the Chudnovsky algorithm to break the previous record for calculated numbers (50 trillion) in August 2021.

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Top titles

“Reminders of Him: A Novel” by Colleen Hoover. From Montlake.

After serving five years in prison for a tragic mistake, Kenna Rowan returns to the town where everything went wrong, hoping to find her four-year-old daughter. But the bridges burned by Kenna prove impossible to rebuild. Everyone in her daughter’s life is determined to shut Kenna out, no matter how hard she works to prove herself.

The only person who hasn’t shut the door on her completely is Ledger Ward, a local bar owner and one of the few remaining ties to Kenna’s daughter. But if anyone were to find out how Ledger is slowly becoming an important part of Kenna’s life, the two would risk losing the trust of everyone important to them.

“Black Cake” by Charmaine Wilkerson. From Ballantine Books.

In present-day California, the death of Eleanor Bennett leaves a puzzling legacy for her two children, Byron and Benny: a traditional Caribbean black cake, made from a long-lived family recipe, and a voice recording.

In her post, Eleanor shares the tumultuous story of a headstrong young swimmer who escapes from her island home on charges of murder. Eleanor’s heartbreaking story, the secrets she still hides, and the mystery of a long-lost child, challenges everything the siblings thought they knew about their lineage and themselves.

“Galant” by Victoria Schwab. From Greenwillow Books. (YA)

Olivia Prior grew up at the Merilance School for Girls, and all she has of her past is her mother’s diary, which seems to turn into madness. Then, a letter invites Olivia to return to Gallant. However, when Olivia arrives, no one is expecting her. But Olivia isn’t about to leave the first place she calls home; it doesn’t matter if her cousin Matthew is hostile or if she sees half-formed ghouls haunting the halls.

Olivia knows that Gallant is hiding secrets and she is determined to find them. When she walks through a crumbling wall at the right time, Olivia finds herself in a place that’s Gallant – but not. The mansion is collapsing, the ghouls are solid, and a mysterious figure rules over everything. Olivia now sees what has upset generations of her family and where her father may come from.

Children’s corner

“How to Say Hello to a Worm: The First Outdoors Guide” by Kari Percival. From Rise x Penguin Workshop.

The beautiful simplicity of a garden is depicted through digital woodcut illustrations and engaging non-fiction text presented as a series of sweet questions and sweet answers.

Less traditional craftsmanship than craftsmanship, this soothing and sparse text paints an inviting and accessible picture of what a garden has to offer. And with an all-kid cast, the absence of an adult presence allows readers to see the garden and its creatures through their own eyes, driven by curiosity and wonder.

“A History of Underwear with Professor Chicken” by Hannah Holt. From Roaring Brook Press.

From Paleolithic loincloths to the wives of Henry VIII wearing underwear on their heads to Mary Walker, a Civil War surgeon who was arrested for wearing men’s underwear and clothes to work better on patients , this book traces the vast and fascinating history of our most private garments.

Golden Girl by Reem Faruqi. From HarperCollins.

Seventh grader Aafiyah loves to play tennis, read weird but true facts, and hang out with her best friend, Zaina. However, Aafiyah has a bad habit that troubles her: she is attracted to pretty things and can’t stop herself from “borrowing” them from time to time.

But when her father is falsely accused of a crime he didn’t commit and gets caught by the authorities, Aafiyah knows she has to do something to help him. When she thinks of a way to bring her father back, she turns to his weird but true facts and devises the perfect plan.

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